MI Bank Shootout: Smith & Wesson Shield vs. Colt Mark IV

Colt Mk IV

“Ruben Kendrick had just stepped out of the bathroom of a Citizens Bank in Warren [MI] when he was confronted with a bank robber pointing a gun in his face,” freep.com reports. “Moments later, Kendrick, 60, was able to draw a pistol of his own – and he emptied the gun as the suspect tried to flee, authorities said.” As scandalous as that may sound to those who recoil at the thought of recoil – firing wantonly at a bad guy’s back! – authorities are providing new details of the robbery which put Mr. Kendrick’s actions in perspective. . .

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SilencerCo’s Maxim 9 Integrally Suppressed 9mm Pistol. Want One?


“Never before has a company successfully managed to produce a handgun with an integral silencer that is holsterable and hearing safe with any factory ammunition,” SilencerCo’s press release boasts [after the jump]. “This product is primed to take the industry by storm.” Yes, well, they would say that, wouldn’t they? “While this isn’t a huge surprise,” TTAG’s Nick Leghorn opined at its intro, “it’s certainly intriguing.” There’s a big gap between “intriguing” and “best seller.” A lot of that depends on . . .

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First Look: Rex Zero 1 Pistol by Arex in Slovenia

In this stylistic, almost dreamlike video, Polenar Tactical gives us a first look into the manufacturing and QA of “the first pistol ever to be produced entirely in Slovenia,” the Rex Zero 1 made by a company called Arex. I must say, this a delightful break from the typical, fake operator operating operationally gun promo, and what it shows looks highly impressive. On the other hand, I can’t help but think. . .

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New from Hi-Point: Camo Pattern

(courtesy ammoland.com)

Press release:

Dayton, OH -(AmmoLand.com)- Hi-Point pistols are known for their robust construction and affordable prices. Now they’re going camouflage. Okay not that much camo – that you can’t find it when you need it – but the colors are pretty cool. They also match the recently released new line of Hi-Point camo carbines so now one can have a matched set since Hi-Point pistol and carbine magazines are fully interchangeable in .40 and .45 of the same caliber. The hydro-dipped camouflage patterns are . . .

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Gun Review: Walther PPQ .45 ACP

Courtesy Joe Grine

(The Walther PPQ .45 for this review was provided by the Kentucky Gun Company.)

If you only carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46, then Walther pistols have probably never been on your radar. It would be the ultimate understatement to say that the venerable German gun manufacturer Walther GmbH Sportwaffen has been slow to embrace John Browning’s greatest cartridge. But all that changed with the release of the PPQ 45. Simply stated, the PPQ 45 is an upsized version of the excellent PPQ. Question is, can you upsize a 9mm PPQ and still maintain its excellent handling characteristics and ergonomics? . . .

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Paul Markel: In Defense of the Hi-Point Pistol [VIDEO]

“Can every one who truly needs a firearm for self-protection afford a Kimber stuffed full of Hydra-shoks?” Student of the Gun firearms guru Paul Markel asks, rhetorically [via ammoland.com]. “The reality of our world is that many of those most in need for a firearm for personal defense are also those with the lowest level of disposable income. Do the poor of the nation have the right to self-defense? Or, is self-protection with arms a privilege reserved for those who can afford more expensive tools?” Wait. Don’t tell me. I know this. But seriously, the Hi-Point pistol may be an enthusiast’s last choice of handgun, but . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Head

(courtesy fineartamerica.com)

“A 23-year-old Phoenix man is in critical condition after shooting himself in the head while trying to show that a handgun could not be fired while he had the safety mechanism engaged,” foxnews.com. “The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office said Christen Reece fired his handgun Wednesday while shooting with six other people outside Overgaard in eastern Arizona. Friends took Reece to the local fire department, where he was treated before being airlifted to a Scottsdale hospital for surgery.” ‘Nuff said? Other than this: NEVER point a firearm at something you’re not willing to destroy. And don’t destroy yourself. (Suicide Prevention Hotline number on TTAG’s homepage.)


Gun Review: Kimber Solo – Take Two [VIDEO]

Kimber Solo DC (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Ralph’s review of the Kimber Solo Carry was exhaustive. (But not exhausting; his usual blend of useful information and borscht belt humor.) It’s been four years since our man had his Hans on the Solo. Since then, Kimber’s first striker-fired firearm has failed to shrug off its rep as an overly expensive unreliable gun from a company that should stick to making high-end 1911s. (First impressions last.) But is Kimber’s original claim – “what sets the Solo apart is quality, dependability and 1911 ergonomics that ensure comfortable shootability regardless of hand size” – now true? I recently got the chance to put a top-of-the-line Kimber Solo DC to the test . . .

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Modularity Rules!

The Blaser R8 is quite a rifle. Its interchangeable barrel and bolt system enables a relative quick caliber swap, from the demure (if speedy and accurate) .222 Remington to the monstrous (if monstrous) .500 Jeffery. [Click here for an X-Ray look at how the R8’s caliber-change system works.] As Nick recently pronounced – whilst installing a UTM RBT Target Shooting Kit in an AR – modularity has been the disruptive technology in the rifle biz. Consumers who used to buy finished modern sporting rifles are now rolling their own from parts produced hither and yon. In the world of handguns . . .

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